Man denies touching himself near Gislingham playing field

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

A Suffolk man has denied touching himself indecently in front of schoolgirls near a village playing field.

Dominic Smith told a jury at Ipswich Crown Court that he wasn’t the person responsible for the behaviour and said he had never touched himself in such a way in public.

Smith, 26, of Farm Meadow, School Road, Elmswell, has denied two offences of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child under-13 on May 17 and May 19 last year.

The charges allege that for the purpose of gaining sexual gratification he intentionally engaged in sexual activity where he could be seen by a child.

The offences are alleged to have taken place in Gislingham where Smith was living at the time with his girlfriend.

The court heard that in 2013 Smith was convicted by magistrates of putting his hand down his trousers and touching himself in front of a schoolgirl in Elmswell and offering to meet her later to show her his penis.

He had denied the charge.

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The trial continues.

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